Grande Dunes Golf Club
Myrtle Beach, SC
Imagine a green set high on a bluff overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway accompanied by 34 acres of lakes which highlight the panoramic views of the Waterway and maritime forest. Featuring numerous elevation changes, wide Bermuda grass fairways, and generous L-93 Bent grass greens, Grande Dunes golf club sparkles and stands alone as a slice of golfing heaven on the Grand Strand.
The name speaks for itself. Everything about Grande Dunes is immense and grand. From the majestic bridge to the well-manicured landscaping, nothing falls short of greatness. Designing and creating a new golf course in the Myrtle Beach area requires great strategy because you need that certain something to set it apart from the other hundred courses in the area. Developers hit the mark and found a way to make Grande Dunes sparkle and shine.
Marked by a private club atmosphere, the club features upscale amenities to accompany its impeccably groomed golf course. The course itself features multiple teeing areas which provide a variety of driving situations and angles of approach. Golf Magazine selected Grande Dunes as a part of its "Top 10 You Can Play." It was also named as a "Best Course You Can Play" in 2007 by Golf Week.
Golf in this paradise feels natural and unfolds itself in a relaxed manner while taunting golfers with a hidden challenge. While fair but challenging, each golf hole presents a new test to even the most confident of golfers. Unlike most Grand Strand courses which try to mask their maritime environment, Grande Dunes puts water into play on almost every hole. Grande Dunes uses this as a trademark, knowing that the holes along the Intracoastal Waterway will create lasting memories.
Because the difficulty of the course is masked by beauty, past players advise you to grab a few pars on the courses' opening holes before the course opens up and you find yourself scoring persistent bogeys. As soon as you get to hole 6, you better have your game face on. The hole features multiple slopes, bunkers, and forced carries but also features six tees so you can go in and pick your own path. No. 6 is a par 4 that plays to about 365 yards and forces you to either carry or carve a drive around a bunker which sits dead center in the middle of the groomed fairway.
The par 5 seventh hole is the most challenging on the course and may be one of the hardest three shooters on the North end of the Grand Strand. Its fairway spans 571 yards and forces you to negotiate water right off the tee, on the second shot, and on the approach.
Hole 13 is a masterpiece, with water bisecting the fairway approximately 146 yards in front of the green forcing you to rely on either a conservative layup or a heroic carry. Hole 14 is also a work of art featuring an elevated tee shot to a narrow green that is protected by a huge bunker to the right. If you cut it too much, you may just lose your all in the Intracoastal Waterway like so many before you.